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PADI Specialty Courses

PADI Specialty Courses
Taking specialty courses is the BEST way to educate yourself for YOUR diving interests. In these courses you will learn a lot about planning, organizing and safely dropping off dives. Well maintained equipment, additional equipment, fitness and health are prerequisites to enjoy the fun and adventure under water.  

Peak Performance Buoyancy

Good buoyancy control is one of the most important points to experience really great dives. If your buoyancy control is not correct, you will definitely lose some of the fun and relaxed diving experience. Too much weight on you means that you use a lot more energy, which leads to a higher air consumption and therefore shortens your dive time.
In this course we will practice calculating the correct amount of lead and adjust it before your dive. We then practice floating weightlessly for at least 1 minute, diving through "Hula Hoop Tyres" without touching them and much more. This course is a lot of fun and will give every diver a lot for all further dives. Remember, you are confronted with Buoyancy on EVERY dive.
Prerequisite for participation in this course:
Course material: Read the PADI manual "Buoyancy control in perfection", fill in the review questions and watch the training DVD
Minimum age: 10 years - with a completed (Junior) Open Water Diver certification or equivalent certification from another training organization
Number of dives: 2 dives in open water
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UW Navigation

Another important course that should be included early in your dive training. Always remember, a diver who doesn't know where he is underwater is bound to be a bit stressed and when the air is running out, you need to surface. This could lead to a longer swim at the surface to get back to land or back to the boat. In this course you will learn how to measure and record distances in different ways. In addition, you will learn natural navigation and the correct use of the compass. With the compass you will be able to navigate different dive patterns and also work with the UW sextant. After completing this course you will feel much safer if you are leading a dive yourself. The whole course is a lot of fun.

Prerequisite for participation in this course:

Course material: Read the PADI Manual "UW Navigation", fill in the review questions and watch the training DVD

Minimum age: 10 years - with a completed (Junior) Open Water Diver certification or equivalent certification from another training organization

Number of dives: 3 dives in open water

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Wreck Diver

The wreck diver specialty course should of course always come after the deep diver specialty course, because many wrecks are deeper than 20 meters. It is very important that you also feel comfortable at depth. Wrecks have always had a great fascination for us divers. Especially the bigger wrecks, where the whole cargo is still on it, for example on our ZENOBIA with over 100 trucks. And in addition there are many big fish to see like groupers, moray eels, barracudas and much more.

As with all other courses, the planning, organisation and safe execution of the dives is the main focus. Especially for this course we need a little more additional equipment like, U/W writing boards, reels, UW lamps, spare torches, a compass and also a spare tank with mounted regulator set and a marker buoy.

This course is really intensive with great impressions and full of adventure.

Prerequisite for participation in this course:

Course material: Read the PADI Manual "Wreck Diving", fill in the review questions and watch the training DVD.

Minimum age: 15 years - with a completed Adventure Diver certification or equivalent certification from another training organization

Number of dives: 4 dives in open water

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Self-Reliant Diver

This course is an introduction to independent diving, which helps divers develop the skills, knowledge and techniques necessary to rely on themselves. Four reasons for an experienced diver to take the Self-Reliant diving course are

  •  Developing your skills to plan and conduct dives without a dive buddy
  •  Refine and expand your diving skills which makes you a much stronger dive buddy when diving with others
  •  Strengthens your confidence in diving alone, significantly increases your awareness to check your depth more often than usual and      pay more attention to dive time and air consumption and know what to do in the unlikely event an emergency arises
  •  Allows you to focus on your dive ojective (UW photograpy-UW archeology-UW mapping etc)

Great attention is paid to dive planning, safety and adaptive training, system readiness, equipment and responsibility, and gas management. A challenge for every experienced diver

Always be a safe and responsible diver

Prerequisite for participation in this course:

Course material: Reading the handouts and following the theory units of the instructor and filling in the review questions

Minimum age: 18 years - with a completed PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification or equivalent certification from another training    organization and at least 100 logged dives

Number of dives: Review of diving skills followed by 3 open water training dives

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PADI Sidemount Diver

You do not necessarily have to carry the scuba tank on your back to explore the underwater world. Many divers have found that it is more comfortable for them to carry their scuba tank(s) sideways. Sidemount diving gives you more flexible options and options to improve your streamlined diving experience. Plus, you don't have to walk around with heavy tanks on your back - just get in the water, attach your tank(s) and off you go. Does that sound interesting to you? Then sign up for a PADI Sidemount Diving Speciality Course.

If you're a PADI Open Water Diver and you're at least 15 years old, you can take a PADI Sidemount Diver Speciality Course.

Among the many benefits of diving with a sidemount configuration, you'll learn in one dive in confined water (i.e. in a pool or confined and protected open water area) and three open water dives:

  • Properly assemble and configure dive equipment for sidemount diving.
  • To trim your weight system and dive equipment to find the perfect balance underwater.
  •  If two tanks are carried, switching from one second stage of your regulator to the other second stage to manage your breathing gas  supply.
  • To react correctly to potential problems when sidemount diving

Prerequisite for participation in this course:

Course material: PADI Manual "Read PADI Sidemount Manual" as well as fill out the review questions. 

Minimum age: 15 years - and be certified as an Open Water Diver. Divers from another recognized training organization must hold an equivalent certification.

Number of dives: 1 check up dive and 3 open water training dives

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EANx - NITROX Diver

Enriched Air or Nitrox refers to a tank filling with increased oxygen content. In this PADI specialty course we are allowed to dive up to a maximum of 40% oxygen content. The most common Nitrox mixtures are 32% and 36%. The higher the oxygen content in the mixture, the less deep you are allowed to dive. But this results in longer bottom times. As you surely know from your OWD course, we have a mixture (normal surface air) of 79% nitrogen and 21% oxygen in our compressed air cylinder. The more oxygen we have in our mixture, the less nitrogen is contained in it and that is the reason why we can now stay longer under water.

During this course you will learn to calculate your dives with the different tables. You will also learn how to analyse the nitrox content of the tank and how to adjust your computer to this mixture.

A very interesting course, which brings many advantages for wreck diving.

Prerequisite for participation in this course:

Course material: Read the PADI manual "Enriched Air Diver", fill in the review questions, watch the training DVD and take the final exam.

Minimum age: 12 years - with a completed Adventure Diver certification or equivalent certification from another training organization

Number of dives: 1 open water dive

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MSD - Master Scuba Diver

The PADI Master Scuba Diver rating is the highest non-professional level in the PADI education system. It is awarded to divers who have achieved outstanding performance.

To achieve this level, a diver must

  • Be a PADI (Junior) Advanced Open Water Diver
  • Be a PADI (Junior) Rescue Diver (or hold qualifying certification from another training organization)  
  • Have 50 logged open water dives  
  • Be able to present 5 different brevets as PADI Specialty Diver

Minimum age: 12 years

This level of training should be the goal of EVERY diver. At this level you have already acquired a high level of knowledge and diving experience and you will always be a preferred dive buddy worldwide.

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Dry Suit Diver

Why do we dive in a dry suit - simply to keep us warm. Nobody said that diving has to be cold or wet. A dry suit makes all the difference in being able to withstand temperatures as low as 4°C in some waters to have fun underwater, it's a great experience to dive in a dry suit and another positive thing is that you are dry when you take the suit off.


The dry suit makes all the difference between making several dives in one day - or freezing in a wet suit just on a single dive.  This means for the philosophy of the course that the pleasant diving in a dry suit is the main focus of the course.

The topics in the course therefore include:

  •  the different dry suit materials
  •  the techniques for buoyancy control on the surface and underwater
  •  Putting on and taking off a dry suit
  •  Maintenance and repairs of dry suits
  •  Students will learn the most effective and efficient ways to extend the duration of their UW Adventures without getting could. 

Prerequisite for participation in this course:

Course material: PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual "Read PADI Dry Suit Diver Manual" and fill in the review questions. .

Minimum age: 10 years - and be certified as (Junior) Open Water Diver. Divers from another recognized training organization must have an equivalent certification.

Number of dives: 1 check up dive in confined water and 2 training dives in open water

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More Specialty Courses

  •     Deep diving
  •     Night Diving
  •     UW photography
  •     Equipment specialist
  •     Diving in a dry suit
  •     UW Naturalist
  •     Fish Identification
  •     Project AWARE Program .

You are guaranteed to find something that interests you personally.

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